Managing TMD: What Dentists Should Know

Dr. Eric Schiffman, Managing TMD: What Dentists Should Know
Speaker: Dr. Eric Schiffman
Category: TMJ and Occlusion
CE Credits: 2
Format: MP4 Video
Trauma is the most common cause of pain-related temporomandibular disorders (TMD). More than half (61%) of trauma cases result from patients opening their mouth too wide or too long. Dr. Schiffman des...more
  • Running Time: 1.5 hours
  • Released: 11/11/2020
  • Expiration Date: 11/11/2023
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This electronically delivered self-instructional program is designated for 2 hours of CE credit by Farran Media.
AGD Code: 180.

The fee to view this course is $36. This cost includes the fee to take the exam and claim your CE credits.

Trauma is the most common cause of pain-related temporomandibular disorders (TMD). More than half (61%) of trauma cases result from patients opening their mouth too wide or too long. Dr. Schiffman presents current evidence-based diagnostic criteria for screening and diagnosing the most common pain-related TMD that can be easily used in the clinical setting. Then he describes management techniques to minimize TMD pain during dental treatment. Finally, he explains how to implement evidence-based simple self-care instructions and medications for managing patients with painful TMD. You will be ready the next time your patient complains of painful TMD during or after a dental procedure.

Description of Speaker:
Eric Schiffman, DDS, MS, is a Professor and the Director of the Clinical Research at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry, as well as a Diplomate of the American Board of Orofacial Pain. During his 35 years of experience treating TMD and orofacial pain patients, he’s received more than $17 million in research funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and has over 60 peer-reviewed publications, 12 book chapters and 3 patents – with another pending. He lectures worldwide on topics pertaining to the prevalence, etiology, diagnosis, and management of patients with TMD and orofacial pain. He is a co-owner of the inter-disciplinary Minnesota Head and Neck Pain Clinic where he treats TMD and orofacial pain patients. In his leisure time, he enjoys reading the comics, politics, and the occasional novel in that order.

Educational Objectives:
Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to achieve the following:
  • Identify the most common pain-related TMD.
  • Recognize the TMD pain disorder that refers to teeth.
  • Identify patients at risk of developing or exacerbating pre-existing TMD before treating them.
  • Recognize how to minimize trauma to the patient’s jaw during dental procedures.
  • Describe what to do if the patient develops TMD pain during or after treatment.
  • Select the treatment options for initial care for painful TMD including home based self care techniques and medications.
  • Determine what to do if the patient has persistent TMD pain after treatment.

In the past 12 months, the lecturer/speaker declare that they have had a financial interest, arrangement or affiliation within the field of dentistry or health care with the following: University of Minnesota, NIH/NIDCR, Minnesota Head and Neck Clinic, and Restful Jaw Co.

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